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HCR 12: Creating the Task Force on the Fiscal Future of Alaska as a joint legislative task force and relating to the task force.

00                    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 12                                                                   
01 Creating the Task Force on the Fiscal Future of Alaska as a joint legislative task force                                
02 and relating to the task force.                                                                                         
03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                               
04       WHEREAS Alaska is rich in natural and human resources; and                                                      
05       WHEREAS the Alaska State Legislature is responsible for appropriating money to                                  
06 support state programs, services, and capital projects; and                                                             
07       WHEREAS Alaskans benefit from per capita state government spending in the state                                 
08 that is at least twice as high as the average per capita state government spending in other                             
09 states; and                                                                                                             
10       WHEREAS approximately 90 percent of the state's revenue comes from sources                                      
11 related to the extraction of nonrenewable petroleum resources from state-owned land; and                                
12       WHEREAS the total amount of potential state revenue from nonrenewable petroleum                                 
13 resources in the state is finite; and                                                                                   
14       WHEREAS the Alaska State Legislature recognizes that Alaskans have a need, now                                  
15 and in the future, for a government infrastructure and government programs and services; and                            
16       WHEREAS the House Fiscal Policy Subcommittee was established during the                                         
01 Twenty-Sixth Alaska State Legislature as a subcommittee of the House Finance Committee;                                 
02 and                                                                                                                     
03       WHEREAS a working group made up of private citizens met with the House Fiscal                                   
04 Policy Subcommittee in 2010 following the Second Regular Session of the Twenty-Sixth                                    
05 Alaska State Legislature and recommended that the house, the senate, and the governor seek                              
06 to align their respective plans regarding the fiscal future of the state; and                                           
07       WHEREAS the citizens' working group also recommended that the legislature and                                   
08 the governor engage publicly in a dialogue regarding how best to establish budgetary and                                
09 fiscal priorities for the state; and                                                                                    
10       WHEREAS the Alaska State Legislature relies on the people of the state to inform                                
11 legislative policies and decisions; and                                                                                 
12       WHEREAS the house of representatives has established the House Special                                          
13 Committee on Fiscal Policy to examine the state's current and future fiscal situation and make                          
14 recommendations to ensure a sound fiscal future;                                                                        
15       BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature creates the Task Force on the                                  
16 Fiscal Future of Alaska as a joint legislative task force consisting of 14 members to be                                
17 appointed as follows:                                                                                                   
18            (1)  two senators appointed by the president of the senate;                                                  
19            (2)  two representatives appointed by the speaker of the house of                                            
20 representatives;                                                                                                        
21            (3)  the commissioner of revenue or the commissioner's designee;                                             
22            (4)  the director of the office of management and budget in the Department of                                
23 Administration or the director's designee;                                                                              
24            (5)  the director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the                                    
25 University of Alaska or the director's designee;                                                                        
26            (6)  one person representing Commonwealth North;                                                             
27            (7)  the commissioner of transportation and public facilities or the                                         
28 commissioner's designee;                                                                                                
29            (8)  one person who works in the banking profession in the state, appointed                                  
30 jointly by the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives;                                 
31            (9)  one person who works in a resource development profession in the state,                                 
01 appointed jointly by the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of                                        
02 representatives;                                                                                                        
03            (10)  one person who works in the marketing profession in the state, appointed                               
04 jointly by the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives;                                 
05            (11)  one person who is a professional in the area of economic development,                                  
06 appointed jointly by the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of                                        
07 representatives; and                                                                                                    
08            (12)  one person who is a member of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce,                                    
09 appointed jointly by the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of                                        
10 representatives; and be it                                                                                              
11       FURTHER RESOLVED that the duties of the task force include                                                      
12            (1)  to recommend to the legislature means through which the legislature may                                 
13 foster ongoing dialogue, within the legislature and between the legislature and the public,                             
14 regarding state fiscal policy;                                                                                          
15            (2)  to help create opportunities for public dialogue regarding the state's fiscal                           
16 future;                                                                                                                 
17            (3)  to submit draft legislation and other material to the House Special                                     
18 Committee on Fiscal Policy and make policy recommendations to that committee; and                                       
19            (4)  to prepare and make available to the public and the legislature                                         
20 informational materials for use in public dialogue about the state's fiscal future; and be it                           
21       FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force may meet during or between legislative                                     
22 sessions; and be it                                                                                                     
23       FURTHER RESOLVED that, within the five days preceding January 21, 2012,                                         
24 January 21, 2013, and December 6, 2013, the task force shall provide a written report to the                            
25 legislature on the activities of the task force; and be it                                                              
26       FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force shall terminate on December 31, 2013.